In the spirit of my first list, I am dedicating this 11List to my love of all things music. I graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Music Industry, and may or may not be mildly obsessed with making playlists (shocking, I know). Without further ado, here is a list of 11 awesome music apps that help you discover, listen and connect.
Probably my most-used app. Spotify was introduced to the US in 2011 and is somewhat of a mix of iTunes and Pandora. You can create playlists, discover music and listen to “radio” stations all for free. The only catch is that without their Premium package (about $10/month), you’ll be stuck with the occasional ad interruption, and you won’t be able to stream on your mobile device.
This app is definitely tied with Spotify as my favorite app. Soundcloud lets you stream tracks for free (on both your mobile device and computer). You can create specific playlists, or just “like” a song and it will be saved to a list. It’s also very social and has a stream, aka newsfeed, where people or artists you follow will have tracks recommended for you. Soundcloud is where you can find remixes and songs that aren’t on iTunes or Spotify- basically it rocks.
This app was only recently introduced to me by my good friend Blake. It is definitely a music discovery tool, where you can go in and pick what kind of “mood” you want to listen to. A favorite of mine is always “happy”/”summer”.
Everyone and their mother knows about this app, but it’s still definitely deserving of a spot on this list. Totally a discovery tool, you can pick a station, which will then choose songs or artists with similar sounds. Another one where the premium package is nice because of no ads, but still works just as well without!
Since I am the queen of music, I generally know most songs on the radio and used on television (just saying). But, when I don’t, I rush to my Shazam app and hold it as close as possible to the sound and it will pull up the song name and artists in usually less than 30 seconds. This only downside is that this app doesn’t seem to know really obscure songs. Can’t win em’ all…
Very similar to Shazam, but has a cool feature where you can try to hum or sing the tune, and the app might just recognize it. The app also has lyrics available of the song you’re checking out, which is a nice bonus if you’re into that kind of thing.
Songza is another app where you can set the music to your mood. If it’s Friday night and you’re going out, the app will generate a party playlist. If it’s Sunday morning and you’re just trying to relax, it will generate a more chill, low-key set.
This is one of the best apps for broadcasting live radio. You can find just about any station from coast to coast and listen to it in real-time.
Another music discovery app, Rdio is described as a “jukebox with over 20 million tracks to play”. You can pay to upgrade some features, but even in free mode you can still steam full albums- I listened to Pharrell’s new album- not bad!
This is a great app to find out what bands/artists are coming to your location for shows. If you connect the app to your facebook, it will scan artists you like and make it super easy to locate shows that you’re into. Definitely helpful when you’re trying to track down where in the world Justin Timberlake is…
Last but not least, Songkick. Similar to Bandsintown, Songkick scans your music library (or your Spotify playlists-cool!) to track the artists that you’re into. From there, a list of concerts coming to your location is generated. You can purchase tickets for shows in the app, making it a super easy way to find and go to concerts.
What music apps do you love and use?